August 2008 Archives


I'll take a few days off and will be back with a fresh start on September 1.

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Hubertus Adam points us to Frank Gehry's InterActiveCorp building in a recent NZZ article featuring glass architecture in Manhattan. John Hill provides amazing photographs of an amazing building.

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Tim Ferris has had his influence on this blog before. I first met him in last year's bestseller The 4-Hour Workweek.

From the table of contents: "How to Burn $1,000,000 a Night. Everything Popular is Wrong. Fear-setting and Escaping Paralysis. Being Unreasonable and Unambiguous. The End of Time Management: Illusions and Italians. The Low-Information Diet: Cultivating Selective Ignorance. Interrupting Interruption and the Art of Refusal. Outsourcing Life: Offloading the Rest and a Taste of Geoarbitrage. Finding the Muse. Testing the Muse. MBA—Management By Absence. How to Escape the Office. Killing Your Job. Embracing the Mobile Lifestyle. Adding Life After Subtracting Work. The Top 13 New Rich Mistakes."

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We had a 2-piece article last year concerning discrepancies between management and technology consultancies' sermons and their own Web realities (part 1, part 2). The topic emerged for me personally as I was on one hand no longer willing to keep receiving tons of McKinsey newsletters into my Inbox but on the other hand missed all that excellent content!

After RSS and social bookmarking we now have Podcasts.

Read the McKinsey Quarterly! | Listen to McKinsey!

J. Aaron Farr gives us a fantastic introduction to Scrum speaking to aGile Hong Kong.

From Wikipedia: "In 1986, Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka described a new holistic approach which increases speed and flexibility in commercial new product development: They compare this new holistic approach, in which the phases strongly overlap and the whole process is performed by one cross-functional team across the different phases, to rugby, where the whole team tries to go to the distance as a unit, passing the ball back and forth." View the presentation! | The cubicle muses!


It was several years ago when an incredibly smart 404 brought my attention to a much-overlooked page in planning websites. Following the metrics, the most important page apart from the homepage in many cases ... Why not integrate it into the site mechanics/ persuasion architecture instead of leaving a standard server message as a major speed bump or even roadblock with its quite technical "404 Not Found".


... continued from &400/. Let us start with usefulness, usability, and desirability.


The two books on my nightstand these days: Jeffrey and Bryan Eisenberg's Call to Action. Secret Formulas to Improve Online Results and Waiting for Your Cat to Bark? Persuading Customers When They Ignore Marketing.


Call to action!! Readers wanted in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, French Guiana, Gabon, Ghana, Greenland, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, New Caledonia, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Suriname, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Togo, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

It is amazing to watch from where all over the world you are visiting this blog. Nevertheless, white spots remain!

In case you are reading these lines in a search result, a feed reader, a newsletter, or on a printout in one of the countries above or in some other place you rate as unusual, remarkable or extraordinaire - then please make sure to click through to and leave a little comment.

Start a conversation about your country/ your culture and forward as appropriate!


We had a discussion last week about state-of-the-art in user experience (design) when Lars Holthusen challenged me during an interview. I have to admit that the only thing that came to my mind was the excessive use of Google Reader, blogs, and social network tools in general as well as the declining importance of homepages in my personal browsing behavior. When was the last time I visited a company site except for research purposes? Research concerning the brand and CI extended into the digital channel ...

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